Hugh Jackman Biography
Hugh Jackman (Hugh Michael Jackman ) is an Australian actor, singer and producer born on 12th October 1968 in Sydney, Australia. He is popularly known for his role as ‘Wolverine’ in the X-Men film series. He has a communications degree with a journalism major from the University of Technology Sydney. After graduating, he pursued drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, immediately after which he was offered a starring role in the ABC-TV prison drama Correlli (1995).
In 2015 together with longtime assistant John Palermo they formed a production company, Seed Productions, whose first project was Viva Laughlin in 2007. Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness is also involved in the company, and Palermo had three rings made with a “unity” inscription for himself, Furness, and Jackman. Jackman said, “I’m very lucky in the partners I work with in my life, Deb and John Palermo. It really works. We all have different strengths. I love it. It’s very exciting.”
Hugh Jackman Background
Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman, an accountant. He is the youngest of five children. His parents, both English, moved to Australia shortly before his birth. He also has Greek (from a great-grandfather) and Scottish (from a grandmother) ancestry. His parents divorced when he was eight and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and Jackman’s two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with Jackman’s two sisters.
Hugh Jackman went to primary school at Pymble Public School and later attended the all-boys Knox Grammar School on Sydney’s Upper North Shore, where he starred in its production of My Fair Lady in 1985 and became the school captain in 1986. He studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating in 1991 with a BA in Communications.
Hugh Jackman Career
Hugh Jackman remains true to his stage roots. In 2004, he won a Tony Award for his lead role in Broadway’s The Boy from Oz. The following year, he won an Emmy Award for his turn as host of the 2005 Tony Awards. In 2006, Jackman leant his voice to two animated feature films: Flushed Away and Happy Feet. He did some work on the small screen as well, appearing in the short-lived musical dramatic series Viva Laughlin in 2007. His 2008 thriller, Deception, failed to make much of an impression on the movie-going public, earning only $4.6 million at the box office.
Jackman also had the distinction of serving as the host of the Academy Awards in February of 2009. His next big film project, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was released the following summer. He soon followed up his summer blockbuster with several smaller pictures.
January 2013, Hugh Jackman received a Golden Globe Award for his Les Miserables performance. For his acclaimed role in Les Mis, Jackman was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 in the category of Best Actor, but lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in Lincoln. Jackman has also continued to stay connected to his stage roots, hosting the 2014 Tony Awards.
In 2016, Hugh Jackman starred as ski coach Bronson Peary in the biopic, Eddie the Eagle, about Olympic ski jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards, and he made a cameo appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. He made his last appearance as Wolverine in the 2017 blockbuster hit Logan, his ninth movie in the franchise.
Hugh Jackman Wolverine/ Hugh Jackman X Men
In 2000 Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine in X-Men, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name.the film tells the story of a group of mutants, whose superhuman powers make them distrusted by normal humans. The role was originally written for Russell Crowe who instead suggested Jackman for the part. Jackman says that his wife advised him against taking on the role, as she found it “ridiculous”. He initially studied wolves to develop his character, as he thought that Wolverine alluded to wolves. X-Men was successful at the box-office, earning US$296 million. The role
earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor.
Wolverine is 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) according to the original comic book and Hugh Jackman is 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) hence the film maker were forced to shoot Hugh Jackman at unusual angles or only from the waist up to make him appear shorter than he actually is, and his co-stars wore platform soles. Hugh Jackmanwas also required to add a great deal of muscle for the role, and in preparing for the fourth film in the series, he bench-pressed over 136 kg (300 lb).
Wolverine was tough for Hugh Jackman to portray because he had few lines, but a lot of emotion to convey in them. To prepare, he watched Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies and Mel Gibson in Road Warrior. “Here were guys who had relatively little dialogue, like Wolverine had, but you knew and felt everything. I’m not normally one to copy, but I wanted to see how these guys achieved it.” Jackman was adamant about doing his own stunts for the movie. “We worked a lot on the movement style of Wolverine, and I studied some martial arts. I watched a lot of Mike Tyson fights, especially his early fights. There’s something about his style, the animal rage, that seemed right for Wolverine. I kept saying to the writers, ‘Don’t give me long, choreographed fights for the sake of it. Don’t make the fights pretty.” Jackman also had to get used to wearing Wolverine’s claws. “Every day in my living room, I’d just walk around with those claws, to get used to them. I’ve got scars on one leg, punctures straight through the cheek, on my forehead. I’m a bit clumsy. I’m lucky I didn’t tell them that when I auditioned.”
Hugh Jackman reprised his role in 2003’s X2: X-Men United, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and the 2009 prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Troye Sivan played the younger version of James Howlett. He also cameoed as Wolverine in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. He returned for the role of Wolverine again in 2013’s The Wolverine, a stand-alone sequel taking place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, andreprised the character in the 2014 sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past and the 2016 follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2015, Jackman announced that the 2017 sequel to The Wolverine, Logan, was the final time that he would play the role.
During the 2018 Empire Awards on 18th March 2018, where he received Best Actor Award, he said that Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine will return but he won’t be the one playing the role.
“There will be Logan, just not with me…someone will do it. If I can use a gymnastics term, I felt like we stuck the landing. For me, it was a nerve-wracking time. It’d been a long time, and I never felt like we really got to the heart of the character like we did this time.”
Hugh Jackman Musical
Hugh Jackman co-starred with Daniel Craig on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre in a limited engagement of the play A Steady Rain, which ran from 10 September 2009, to 6 December 2009.
Hugh Jackman had a one-man show at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco from 3–15 May 2011. The production was a mixture of his favourite Broadway and Hollywood musical numbers, backed by a 17-piece orchestra, from shows including Oklahoma and The Boy from Oz. The show had a run-time of approximately 100 minutes, and also included slide shows of Jackman’s youth, family, and work, as well as some one-on-one interaction with the audience. Jackman was backed by fellow musical theatre veterans Merle Dandridge and Angel Reda.He later returned to Broadway in a new show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, which began performances on 25 October 2011 and concluded on 1 January 2012.
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Hugh Jackman returned to Broadway in the new play, The River, which ran at the Circle in the Square Theatre from October 2014 to February 2015.
In November and December 2015, Hugh Jackman made a national tour of Australia with his show Broadway to Oz. He performed a range of songs from Broadway musicals, from Les Misérables to a Peter Allen tribute (including classics such as “I Still Call Australia Home”), with his 150-piece orchestra, choir, and backup dancers. The show began at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and proceeded to Qantas Credit Union Arena, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and the Perth Arena.
Hugh Jackman Movies/ Hugh Jackman Films
- 1994: Law of the Land as Charles “Chicka” McCray
- 1995: Correlli as Kevin Jones
- 1995: Blue Heelers as Brady Jackson
- 1996: The Man from Snowy River as Duncan Jones
- 1999: Erskineville Kings as Wace
- 1999: Paperback Hero as Jack Willis
- 2000: X-Men as Logan / Wolverine
- 2001: Someone Like You as Eddie
- 2001: Swordfish as Stanley Jobson
- 2001: Kate & Leopold as Leopold
- 2003: X2: X-Men United as Logan / Wolverine
- 2004: Profile of a Serial Killer as Eric Ringer
- 2004: Van Helsing as Gabriel Van Helsing
- 2004: Van Helsing: The London Assignment as Gabriel Van Helsing
- 2005: Stories of Lost Souls as Roger
- 2006: Happy Feet as Memphis
- 2006: Flushed Away as Roddy
- 2006: The Prestige as Robert Angier
- 2006: The Fountain as Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo
- 2006: Scoop as Peter Lyman
- 2006: X-Men: The Last Stand as Logan / Wolverine
- 2007: Viva Laughlin as Nicky Fontana
- 2008: Deception as Wyatt Bose
- 2008: Australia as The Drover
- 2008: The Burning Season as the Narrator
- 2009: X-Men Origins: Wolverine as James Howlett / Logan / Wolverine
- 2011: X-Men: First Class as Logan / Wolverine
- 2011: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan as Arthur
- 2011: Butter as Boyd Bolton
- 2011: Real Steel as Charlie Kenton
- 2012: Rise of the Guardians as Bunnymund / The Easter Bunny Voice
- 2012: Les Misérables as Jean Valjean
- 2013: Movie 43 as Davis
- 2013: The Wolverine as Logan / Wolverine
- 2013: Prisoners as Keller Dover
- 2014: X-Men: Days of Future Past as Logan / Wolverine
- 2014: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as King Arthur / Himself
- 2015: Chappie as Vincent Moore
- 2015: Pan as Blackbeard
- 2016: Eddie the Eagle as Bronson Peary
- 2016: X-Men: Apocalypse as Logan / Weapon X / Wolverine
- 2017: Logan as James “Logan” Howlett / Wolverine / X-24
- 2017: The Greatest Showman as P.T. Barnum
- 2018: The Front Runner as Gary Hart
Hugh Jackman Age
- Hugh Jackman was born on 12th October 1968 (49 years as at 2017)
Hugh Jackman Height
- Hugh Jackman is 1.88m (6ft 2in)
Hugh Jackman Wife
Hugh Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness, who she met on the set of Australian TV show ‘Correlli’, on 11th April 1996. Hugh Jackman personally designed an engagement ring for Furness, and their wedding rings bore the Sanskrit inscription “Om paramar mainamar”, translated as “we dedicate our union to a greater source”.
During an interview he revealed that there he knew Furness was the love of his life as he was comfortable around her even when he let his guard down.
“When you’re dating, you literally put on the best version of yourself. How do you transition from that person to actually truly being yourself? The tracksuit pant version of yourself. Until you feel that comfortable with your partner, you don’t really know if you’re right together. So literally from day one, Deb and I had that feeling. It was like a relief. I could just be myself. I am not saying we don’t ever dress up or impress each other, but being comfortable is a key.”
When they met Jack was not a household name but Furness was the star and she set some ground rules for their relationships and careers in entertainment.
“We are not going to spend more than two weeks apart, and we are not going to work at the same time if we don’t have to financially. So, one of us is always there to support the other,” Jackman said. “And we have maintained that for … well, next month is 22 years.”
Hugh Jackman Wife Age
Hugh Jackman wife Deborra-lee Furness is an Australian actress and producer born on 30th November 1955 in Sydney, Australia (62 years as at 2017)
Hugh Jackman Kids/ Hugh Jackman Son/ Hugh Jackman Daughter
Furness had two miscarriages, following which she and Jackman adopted two children, Oscar and Ava. His son Oscar Maximilian Jackman was born in May 2000 and daughter Ava Eliot Jackman was born on July 10, 2005, in the United States of America.
The children are mixed race and during an interview Jackman said this was a “deliberate” and “no-brainer” decision.
“When we went first to talk to someone in Los Angeles about adoption, I remember, they said, ‘What do you want?’ I said, ‘Well, healthy would be good.’ And they said, ‘Well, what about the race?’ We’d ticked mixed race. And he said, ‘Now, listen. Please don’t, please don’t just tick that because you think it’s the right thing to tick.’ And he said to me, that we turn away children every month who are mixed race, because we can’t find families for them.”
Jack revealed in an interview that he doesn’t consider his kids adopted.
“From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children. Deb and I are believers in I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children.”
Hugh Jackman Cancer / Hugh Jackman Health
In November 2013, Hugh Jackman announced he had basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose. He had a second carcinoma removed from his nose in May 2014, telling Associated Press that he expects to have future recurrences. This resulted in Hugh Jackman attending the various worldwide premieres of X-Men: Days of Future Past with a bandage on his nose, and urging his followers on Instagram to “wear sunscreen”.
On 18 March 2015, Hugh Jackman revealed that he had to cancel stage performances in Turkey because he had a left vocal chord haemorrhage.
Hugh Jackman Awards
- 1999: Australian Star of the Year, Australian Movie Convention
- 2001: Best Actor, ‘X-Men’, Saturn Award
- 2004: Outstanding Actor in a Musical, ‘The Boy from Oz’, Drama Desk Award.
- 2004: Best Actor in a Musical, ‘The Boy from Oz’, Tony Awards
- 2004: Theatre World Award, ‘The Boy from Oz’, Miscellaneous awards.
- 2004: Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance of the Year, ‘The Boy from Oz’, Miscellaneous awards.
- 2004: Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical , ‘The Boy from Oz’, Miscellaneous awards.
- 2005: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, ’58th Tony Awards’, Primetime Emmy Awards.
- 2010: Favorite Action Star, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, People’s Choice Awards.
- 2012: Special Tony Award, Tony Awards.
- 2012: Favorite Action Movie Actor, ‘Real Steel’, People’s Choice Awards
- 2013: Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, ‘Les Misérables’, Golden Globe Awards.
- 2014: Raw Guest Star of the Year, ‘2014 Slammy Awards’, Slammy Awards
- 2014: Empire Icon Award, Empire Awards
- 2017: Best Duo (with Dafne Keen), ‘Logan’, MTV Movie and TV Awards.
- 2017: “Entertainment” award, Bambi Award.
- 2018: Best Actor, ‘Logan’, Empire Awards.
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